Colin Ackermann delivered a thrilling three-wicket win for Leicestershire as they chased down 174 on the final ball of the contest at Aigburth. Ackermann hit a six on the final ball when three were wanted to seal the deal.
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The 35-year-old accounted for Joe Clarke – the replacement on the high of the order for Tom Kohler-Cadmore – who holed out to mid on for 13.
Daryl Mitchell (18) then pulled Rikki Clarke into the palms of deep sq. leg and Brett D’Oliveira (4) was trapped lbw by the same bowler, who completed with glorious figures of three for 20 off his 4 overs.
Olly Stone bowled with good tempo on his debut for Birmingham – 13 months after suffering a knee ligament damage celebrating the wicket of Rapids batsman Moeen Ali at Wantage Road when a Northamptonshire participant.
But it was one other golden oldie in spinner Patel who kept Worcestershire in test during the middle overs of the innings.
Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach (9) was trapped lbw by the 37-year-old New Zealander who then bowled his compatriot Mitchell Santner (12).
Solely when Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley joined forces was there any meaningful acceleration from the house aspect.
They plundered 78 in seven overs before Cox went for a reverse scoop and perished at short third man off Colin de Grandhomme, having scored 43 off 27 balls.
Worcestershire wanted early wickets to place their native rivals under any strain however Hain and Bell had been quickly into their stride.
Hain lofted John Hastings for a straight six and Bell drove Joe Leach for successive boundaries. The opening six-over powerplay yielded 52 runs and solely spinner Santner, firstly of his second spell at New Highway, was able to train a lot restraint.
It wanted a mix-up to finish the partnership on 98 in the 12th over with Hain run out as he tried to reclaim his ground off the bowling of Mitchell. William Porterfield (5) was stumped by Cox off Mitchell after giving the medium pacer the cost, however that proved to be the one wicket the house bowlers picked up.
Bell went to his fifty with seven boundaries and survived a troublesome caught and bowled chance on 58 against Hastings earlier than seeing his aspect to the winning publish.